Tagged With "A-B-A"

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Bessemer & LE 3 rail engine

Denis Mitchell ·
MTH, Lionel, 3rd Rail MTH 20-20139-1 SD-40T-3 tunnel motors 901, Powered. MTH 20-20139-3 SD-40t-3 tunnel motor 908 Non powered. MTH20-2690-1 SD-40T-3 tunnel motors 903, 906, Powered. MTH 20-20139-3 SD-40t-3 tunnel motor 910 Non powered MTH 30-2873-3 SD-9 # 828 Non powered MTH 30-20069 SE1500 #151 Or any other manufacture's B& LE products. I prefer unused, but any item considered. Denis @ mitch500@consolidated.net
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A LionChief Plus - Product Review - FT A-B-A

trainroomgary ·
From my You Tube Channel. This is LionChief Plus, first time into the FT with an A-B-A Units. Take a look and Thanks for watching. Gary: Cheers from The Detroit and Mackinac Railway
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chessie1971 ·
Very nice review Gary!
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trainroomgary ·
Lionel Update: Called Lionel Today - The Lionel Chief Plus FT A - B - A, was shipped with no spare traction tires, they will be in stock in three weeks. They asked me to call back in three weeks and they will ship them at that time. Lionel no longer puts “Lionel Liquid Smoke Fluid” with their locos. Lionel Customer Service Representatives (CSR’s) are available Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm EDT to answer general questions regarding products and services offered by Lionel. 586-949-4100,...
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joker34 ·
Nice set review Gary.
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trainroomgary ·
Question ask by member: HOKIE71 • Does the headlight in the second A-A work because there is no tether. Watch this short video to get the answer. Gary
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Re: FA-2 A-B-A MTH 20-20304-1 PS 3 - Western Maryland - Price Reduction

c.sam ·
That's a beautiful set Mark. I'd be interested if I still had a layout.
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Mark Boyce ·
Sam, As soon as I posted it, I saw I forgot the price. I added it. $450 shipped. Thank you!
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Re: A LionChief Plus - Product Review - FT A-B-A

trainroomgary ·
PDXTRAINS & BNSF-MATT and all the guys giving feedback about the new FT - A-B-A. I am going to add a photo and information from the B Units Manual / Spec Information. Lionel #6-82305 Rio Grande LionChief Plus FT Powered B-unit Diesel • Conventional or LionChief Remote control • Powerful maintenance-free dual motors • Works with Matching FT AA set remote • Magnetic couplers • Fan-Driven Smoke • Smoke output from four stacks • Speed control Page 2 of Manual / Contents of your locomotive...
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JohnGaltLine ·
Another great review, Gary. Keep up the good work. I have to agree with the folks in the other thread that the blacked out port hole windows look a little odd. It's not a big deal, I don't think, but I think a clear or clear-frosted port hole would have looked better. I might just have to pick up this set as well in the future, in the Atlantic coast line version as I already have 5 williams 18" ACL cars that would look real good behind it. Lionel and Menards are really stomping on my train...
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Mark Boyce ·
Gary, That is a nice review of a nice set! I agree the speed control looks very good, and I like your description of the controller and pictures of the switches on the bottom.
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DennyM ·
Hi Gary, Great video. I have become a fan of LionChief Plus. With LionChief everything comes together in one box and when someone comes by they can operate the train and so can their kids without a long explanation. I think I told you I have a LionChief GP7 Boston and Maine which was made for the LCCA. A fellow in my club who is a member of the LCCA sold it to me. I also want the BNSF GP20 and maybe a Santa Fe FT AA .
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trainroomgary ·
Hi Denny M. I hope the LCCA does a LionChief Plus for 2016. Looks great on your layout. Gary &
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pdxtrains ·
Hi Gary: Thanks for the review. I'm a bit confused about the B unit. I looked at the Santa Fe AA unit 82290, and one is powered and of course one is not. When I look at the B unit it says that it is also powered, and so, I'm wondering: are the powered A and B units both controlled by one LC+ controller? Does it give you more pulling power? Is the B unit the part that smokes? Many thanks!
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BNSF-Matt ·
PDX, I have the LC Plus Santa Fe ABA and could help answer your questions. Are the powered A and B units both controlled by one LC+ controller? Yes, the one that comes with the AA, the B-unit does not come with a remote - the B-unit is specifically linked to its matching AA units remote. Does it give you more pulling power? It does, funny thing is I didn't really think it needed it as the powered A unit was already good enough for me, I would have rather had it cheaper and non-powered, but...
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Re: A LionChief Plus - Product Review - FT A-B-A

trainroomgary ·
Hi Jeff Thanks for watching and commenting......
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trainroomgary ·
Update: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1IqzW9IL7U My Rio Grande, LionChief Plus FT / A-B-A was shipped with no spare traction tires. Received package from Lionel today. All is well.
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Whistler B.C. Train derailment

Timbo ·
i recently did a short hike into the forest about ten miles south of Whistler, British Columbia,  I had heard rumors from the locals about a train that had derailed in the forest back sometime in the sixties.  It is not an officially...
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Road Champs #68600 1:43 scale diecast 1932 Ford Model B Coupe -Yellow Paint Color

pro hobby ·
Road Champs #68600 1:43 scale diecast 1932 Ford Model B Coupe -Yellow Paint Color This 1:43 scale diecast vehicle is a neat model that could be used with O scale model railroads. It is a close replica of the classic 1932 Ford Model B coupe. The model has "rubber" tires, opening rumble seat and a detailed interior. Prototype photo also attached.
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Sante Fe F3B decal placement - Backwards B units ?

Kyle Miller ·
Which way should we 'B' going  ? Hoping some of you OGR forum experts can help me out. Looking at many other pictures of model and real trains over the years, the Indian Chief decal is always facing forward.   What Lionel production on Sante Fe B units has it facing 'correctly' forward, and when did they have it reversed, facing 'backwards'? After purchasing the new TMCC railsounds equipped 1997 Lionel Sante Fe A-B set 6-18130, I discovered - and confirmed with Lionel  - that...
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Kyle Miller ·
The additional 'add on' F3B powered unit 6-14517 (pictured above) also has the Chief facing forward.
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SantaFeJim ·
Yep, it is backwards. Lionel produced thousands of B's like that ( with one logo backwards and one forward) in the early 50's.
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PaperTRW ·
It didn't really become an issue until Lionel added a back-up light to the B-unit tooling for that 6-18130 in 1996. Up until that time, a "front" and "rear" had never really mattered. Ever since the 6-18130 was produced incorrectly, I believe all the following ones were produced with the herald facing forward. TRW
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Re: Bessemer & LE 3 rail engine

Denis Mitchell ·
Thanks, I'll check it out.
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jim pastorius ·
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FA-2 A-B-A MTH 20-20304-1 PS 3 - Western Maryland - Price Reduction

Mark Boyce ·
This is a really nice looking and nice sounding set! I really like it, but am selling it to help defray the cost of the Premier N&W J611 I purchased recently. Price Reduced from $ 450 now $420 Shipped. Product Name: FA-2 ABA Diesel Engine Set With Proto-Sound 3.0 Product Catalog: 2013 Volume 1 Product Line: Premier Product Item Number: 20-20304-1 Price: $729.95 Delivery Status: Delivered Jun. 2013 Roadname: Western Maryland Product Description: FA-2 ABA Diesel Engine Set With Proto-Sound...
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Mark Boyce ·
Please Note Price Reduction! Thank you!
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Re: Powered units for dummies

Tiffany ·
Hello JARK K REMOL........... I guess you got to do what you gotta do . 90 dollars for the Williams GP-9 engine is a good buy, I say go for it !!! Tiffany
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Jark K. Remol ·
Tiffany -- I really need to get back to my track-work. 5 years into this layout, and I have one basic loop of track. I keep getting distracted by engine or rolling stock projects. I'd like to power the 2nd A unit of my PRR Alcos from 1988, but the power trucks have DC motors and a different type of reverse unit. So I can't just swap Postwar or MPC parts. I also have a Williams A-B-B-A Sharknose set that I got insanely cheep, but with only the one powered A unit. Power kits from Williams run...
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Tiffany ·
Hello JARK K REMOL... Thumps up all the way !!!!!!!!!!!!! That was a GOOD project you did !!!!!!!! . I too no longer have the budget for fancy trains as those are over for me. I can only afford freight cars now. What is your next project ? Tiffany
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Powered units for dummies

Jark K. Remol ·
Hello all! Here is a project I just completed. I love A-A or A-B-A sets, and own several. However, I've never liked the fact that most have dummies as the 2nd A unit or the B unit. I figure, unless it is powered it is just another car that needs to be pulled. Having said that, I also need to mention I reside firmly in the cheap seats. My annual budget for any train-related products is a mere fraction of what some would spend in an afternoon at York! Therefore, I love secondhand Postwar and...
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rtraincollector ·
Jark I sent a link to this to a friend that did it a little differently and hope he will chime in with how he did it.
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Hudson J1e ·
Nice job.
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KRM ·
Nice work on the project. I to am from IL. north central . Been there and done this with thanks to 8N. What I did was get two 200 series engine on the cheap. You will need the frames and motors. I have a PW 218 A with E-unit with a 8020 shell, powering a 8021 B unit with two 200 series motors. I measured the B unit and cut the back half's off both A-units to fit the B unit. Welded then together and this held both motors and also fit the B unit shell as a stock unit would. I tied all of them...
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KRM ·
Not sure how to PM here??? I got links to the project. here is some of the information I posted on the toy train site. Well I got some time to work on the Twin Motor ALCO 200 Series B-Unit today that I am building like the one 8N has made and inspired me to do. I got the two frames I cut and sent to Hudson John to weld back together along with the lower half of one of the motor that he pulled the wheels on and replaced the pinion gears on today so I could get back to work. John did a great...
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rtraincollector ·
Thanks for sharing your way Kevin and Jark both were very interesting takes on doing it.
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KRM ·
Any Time Bill, it is all about the fun!!! Did some correction to the post.
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KRM ·
Jark, My twin motors are in the B-unit The A-unit is still single motor and holds the E-unit. So as of now I have 6 axles with Magnatraction in a A and B unit. I could add another A unit in the rear working off same E-unit and have 8 axles of Magnatraction in a A-B-A set. The E-unit is maxed out with 4 motors. I would also consider a MPC Traction tire A-unit so I would have 6 axles with Magnatraction and 2 with traction tires. Should pull stumps.
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Jark K. Remol ·
Thanks for the info, KRM. I have a couple of spare frames, just don't have the welding part available. May have to ask around. I'd love to be able to double motor the A units. I have a couple of power trucks with Magnatraction. Oh, the fun I could have with those!
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romiller49 ·
Very nice Jark. That is what a hobby is all about. Enjoy what you have available to you. Rod Miller
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Tiffany ·
Hello KRM......... I am REALLY impressed with your work and JARK's work too. I wondered if it possible to make a Lionel 600 series NW-2 with double motors, metal gears, 4 axle mag-n-traction ? I would love to have one using a # 634 switcher as a starting point. The # 634 is my first switcher I had in 1965. Tiffany
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Jark K. Remol ·
Steven Michael -- Right there with you! For 40 years I've lugged dummies around quite contentedly. But now that I have 6 passenger cars, plus (originally) a dummy B and A units, it was time to take matters into my own hands. Viva La Low-Tech Commandos!
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breezinup ·
It's fun to see this project. Thanks for posting about it, and for all the photos. It's also a reminder of all the folks who are active in the hobby, but aren't out spending money acquiring those $500-$2000 engines that are discussed here regularly.
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Jark K. Remol ·
Breezinup -- That's what I did with the 2nd A unit. I did have to swap the front truck since the powered substitute didn't have a coupler. And the shell, now on an MPC power unit, is from my Postwar Alco Santa Fe 212 dummy.
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D500 ·
Guys who cut things up and put them back together like they want 'em - my kind of RR'ers. I would like to offer a peek at one of my favorite projects; it's a shade off the Lionel beam, but little Alco FA's are hard to resist. I don't care for dummies a lot, so I moved one of the power trucks to the dummy in this Williams Erie AA set. I installed ERR Cruise Commander and Alco sounds in one unit, so both are powered, I put a "tether" (no plug) and a drawbar between the units - it is...
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Steven Michael ·
No, dummy units are not boxcars. They're for those of us who don't wish to sprend hundreds of dollars on nothing but circuit boards and LEDs. And we all know how expensive this hobby is these days....
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phillyreading ·
For those are considering a second powered unit with a Williams engine, I have done the upgrade kit on an F-7 A unit using Bachmann's upgrade kit. Two problems that I encountered are; first was to drill the hole a bit larger for the pilot or step frame to mate up to the newer engine frame, second the new motorized unit ran faster then the old one did, so I swapped out an older frame & motorized unit to make the two powered units almost equal in speed. Lee Fritz
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KRM ·
Good question Tiffany, That would be fun, One issue would be what to do for picking up power if you were using postwar engines and parts. You could maybe use a MPC engine with the power pick ups on the motor truck with a postwar motor on the other end but there may be no place for a e-unit. If it worked you would end up with 2 axle mag-n-traction and 2 axle traction tire. Could be easier to built the twin motor unit and lash it to another NW-2 in front and use it's e-unit like I did on the...
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Jark K. Remol ·
KRM - I've got a functioning 600 series switcher. I may make the double motor one harnessed to the single motor one that has the E-unit. So 3 Magnatraction motora over a two switchers MU.
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Jark K. Remol ·
Tiffany -- I have a couple of 600 series frames and a couple of Magnatraction power trucks. Thanks to KRM's fine suggestions, I may try double motoring a switcher. That would be sweet!


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